U.S. rail freight traffic dropped 5 percent in August

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports that U.S. railroads originated 1,055,386 carloads in August 2019, down 4.6 percent, or 50,672 carloads, from August 2018. U.S. railroads also originated 1,089,849 containers and trailers in August 2019, down 5.4 percent, or 61,839 units, from the same month last year.

Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in August 2019 were 2,145,235, down 5 percent, or 112,511 carloads and intermodal units from August 2018.

In August 2019, eight of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with August 2018. These included: petroleum & petroleum products, up 3,612 carloads or 7.8 percent; all other carloads, up 3,090 carloads or 13 percent; and stone, clay & glass products, up 2,567 carloads or 7.5 percent.

Commodities that saw declines in August 2019 from August 2018 included: coal, down 36,301 carloads or 9.9 percent; crushed stone, sand & gravel, down 5,751 carloads or 5.4 percent; and grain, down 5,365 carloads or 6 percent.

Source: AAR

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